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Island off coast of Pakistan rises from Arabian Sea

Scientists speculate formation could be result of mud volcano, landslide

Last Updated: Sept. 25, 2013

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the remote area of Pakistan's Awaran on Tuesday afternoon. Hundreds were killed and thousands were injured.

In the aftermath of the quake, residents gathered along the coast as what appeared to be a new island gradually rose from the depths of the Arabian Sea.

It is not yet known precisely what caused the island to form. Scientists speculate it is very likely a mud volcano or a rotational landslide.

Here is a closer look at the formation.


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